Historic Kansas City.
Joan Adam, President
Joan moved to Kansas City 10 years ago from Atchison KS. She is an attorney and former National Trust Adviser. She founded the Atchison Preservation Alliance and served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1982-1992. Joan was the primary author of the Kansas Heritage Trust Fund, which has provided funding preservation projects since 1992.
Eric Youngberg, Vice President, AICP
Eric is a Senior Management Consultant for NeighborWorks America. His specialties include community revitalization, urban design and historic preservation. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the city’s Post Foreclosure Task Force. He is an avid landscaper, photographer, film buff and cyclist.
Jim Wanser, Treasurer
Jim Wanser, Ed.S. is an educational administrator at UMKC and has a practice in career development and executive selection. He has a long history of midtown neighborhood leadership and serves on a variety of community boards. His primary interest is neighborhood preservation and he has worked with the City of Kansas City on several planning efforts.
Jan Bentley, Secretary
Jan founded the KC Bungalow Club in 2004 after noticing that craftsman bungalows in the urban core were underappreciated. She works to restore and celebrate older homes in the 49/63 area while fighting neighborhood crime. Jan has volunteered with HKCF since 2004. She works as a Contracts Negotiator for CB Richard Ellis/Sprint.
Greg Allen, Past President
Greg has chaired the KC Landmarks Commission, the Union Station Preservation Advisory Committee, the Missouri Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, and has served on the Board of Advisors of the National Trust. Greg formally became a board member in 2010 and currently chairs the advocacy committee. Greg is the President of Allen Financial Corp.
Julie is a project designer at Susan Richards Johnson and Associates. Since joining SRJA, Julie has successfully worked to complete rehabilitation and restoration projects throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. An Iowa native, Julie attended Iowa State University and received a Bachelor of Architecture in 2008. Julie helps to co-chair the Young Preservationists KC affiliate group.
Manny Abarca, IV
Manny always had a passion for beautiful architecture and historic structures. He first got his taste in historic advocacy when fighting to save a historic school building from the wrecking ball and built a strong group of neighborhood supporters in the Historic Northeast to fight the buildings doomed fate. After nearly two years of a fight the building came down but Manny’s passion for preservation of historic buildings, especially in the Historic Northeast, churned into action by joining the HKC board and the Kansas City Missouri School District’s Building Corporation Board to ensure that in future historic properties are focused towards redevelopment, rather than demolition. Manny currently works for Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II as a Community Affairs liaison as well as serves on several boards across the city including the Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas and the Indian Mound Neighborhood Association.
Walter was on the Board of HKCF from 1998-2007 and served as President from 2004-2005. He rejoined the Board in 2010. He is also a Board Member for Don Bosco Center and a past Board member of Old Northeast, Neighborhood Housing Service, and the Northeast Kansas City Chamber. Walter has been a resident of Central Hyde Park since 1998 and is a 5 Star Realtor for Prudential.
Mike has been a resident of Kansas City, Missouri for 33 years and is a fourth generation Kansas Citian. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor in Architecture and is the founder and managing partner of Jantsch Architects. Mike joined the board in 2010.
Bob is a real estate broker with Reece & Nichols. He has a wide knowledge of the Kansas City real estate market and has sold many historic and architecturally significant homes including Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff, Marcel Breur, Albert Yanda and Don Drummond. He is a founding partner of KCMODERN. His four grandkids keep him busy with activities and travel.
Nancy has been volunteering for HKCF giving walking tours and bus tours since 1992. She became the chairperson of the Walking Tours Committee in 2002. Nancy completed the “Building 21stCentury Leaders” program sponsored by the Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance and received a Masters in Liberal Studies from UMKC in 2010. Nancy joined the Board of Directors in 2011.
Lucinda joined the Board of HKCF in 1978 and terms of service span four decades. She has served as the Possom Trot’s Historical Research Chairman, Chairman of the Library Committee, and Heritage Hikes Coordinator/Author. In 2008, Lucinda became the liaison to the MO Preservation Alliance and continues to lead Heritage Hikes, which are vigorous walking tours of historic districts.